The mission of Arts On Stage, Ltd. is to artistically, culturally and educationally enrich the minds of children through live, professional theatre productions. We hope to stimulate, encourage, educate, and promote interest in live theatre of all types in children of all ages. Our media includes theatrical plays, music, dance, drama, and storytelling, which are all accompanied by quality study guides to further advance the educational components of each presentation.
Arts On Stage, Ltd. was founded in November 2004 by Leslie Fowler after emerging from a New York based non-profit organization, Enrichment Through The Arts. Under the umbrella of our sister company we presented live, professional, educational children's theatre productions for fourteen years in Baltimore County. In 2004, Leslie began the search for others in the state of Maryland who shared her love of theatre and children, ultimately finding an artistically talented and dedicated employee, Jamie Papas, and seven qualified board members who all share in the vision of Arts On Stage. In February of 2005 Arts On Stage began outreach to venues in Anne Arundel County; first with shows at the Chesapeake Arts Center Main Stage Theatre, and in February 2015 at Maryland Hall For The Creative Arts. In July of 2015 Jamie became Executive Director as Leslie began a partial and well-earned retirement. In the 2015-2016 season Arts On Stage will celebrate a 25th year of bringing affordable, educational theatre to children and we are excited for the future!
Jamie received her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts emphasizing in Graphic Design and Marketing from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. While earning her degree she played volleyball for the college, proving that you can be both an artist and an athlete! She worked in the marketing department of a major corporation for four years, while coaching JV and Varsity Volleyball teams at Seton Keough High School in Baltimore. Jamie joined Arts On Stage, Ltd. in September 2004 as marketing director and has helped to expand productions into theatres in Anne Arundel County. In July 2015 she became executive director and has a passion for helping children discover their strengths and that they can learn - and how they can learn - in spite of their academic challenges. Jamie enjoys volunteering at her childrens' school, planning events, and being with her family. She is also proud to be a Cancer Survivor. Jamie lives in Lutherville with her husband and their two children.
Debbie earned an Associate of Arts degree in Theatre with Honors from the Community College of Baltimore County. In her time at CCBC she was active in Phi Theta Kappa as well the college's theatre program in many academic and community productions. Debbie's professional focus has turned to Maryland-based nonprofits, having previously worked for organizations such as Association of Maryland Families, TrinityLife, and Everyman Theatre. She joined Arts On Stage, Ltd in October of 2014 as Leslie's administrative assistant and in July 2015 became administrative coordinator for the organization. Debbie also enjoys freelancing and volunteering for various Baltimore arts and culture communities, and resides in the Randallstown area with her husband.
Leslie has an Associate of Arts degree from Villa Julie College and fourteen years of experience with organizing theatre productions for the New York City based non-profit organization from which Arts On Stage, Ltd. emerged in 2004. She has a passion for the moral education of children and a tremendous love of theatre arts. She retired from her role as president of Arts On Stage in July 2015, but remains an active supporter and advisor for the organization. Leslie currently lives in Lutherville with her husband whom she married in 1975. They have three children and two grandchildren.
Lynn received her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education, Earth and Space Sciences from Bloomsburg State College in Bloomsburg, PA in 1983. She then received her Masters degree in Reading from Hood College in Frederick, MD in 1992. Lynn started her teaching career as an eighth grade Science teacher in Frederick County from 1983-1997 and from 1997-1998 she taught in Pittsburgh, PA. She then volunteered Tutoring for a Baltimore County Elementary School in Reading from 2000-2001. Then in 2001 she was asked to be the first grade Reading Teacher and long-term Substitute, which she did until 2003. Retired from the classroom, Lynn enjoys having time to be a part of Arts on Stage, and seeing children learn from the productions they come to see and the follow-up activities their teachers supply. She presently lives in Parkville with her husband.
Joyce recently retired from the banking industry with more than thirty years of service. She began her career with the Bank after graduating from Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School in 1972 with a degree in Business/Stenography. Starting as a Bank Teller she worked her way up through the ranks, was appointed Offer of the Bank and promoted to Assistant Manager and then Manager of a Banking Center. From 1988-1993 Joyce had a real estate license and from 1990-1997 she had her life insurance license. Joyce has spent the last eight years of her career in the Legal Support Department of the Bank. Her greatest accomplishment/joy is her three children and seven grandchildren. Joyce is happily married and resides in Lutherville.
Michele received her Master degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2005. Throughout the Masters' Program, she specialized in Program Management and Social Organizing, interned at a Baltimore City school and Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY). Michele worked as the Grants Manager at the YMCA of Central Maryland from April 2005 - November 2006; researching, soliciting and tracking over $9 million in funding. Michele increased funding to support afterschool programming from five sites in Baltimore City to thirteen sites, as well as receiving funding for eight Community School Sites. She took time off to have two children and is currently contracting with the YMCA to support the capital campaign to rebuild the Towson Y Center, as well as supporting other grant opportunities.
Cathy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Science & Mechanics, with a Biomedical option, from Virginia Tech. She initially worked as a clinical engineer for several years before transitioning to capital medical equipment sales. She spent 14 years in this challenging field, including five years with the Pyxis business unit of Cardinal Health. Cathy is now dedicated to homeschooling her elementary school-age daughter. She is active in several homeschool communities, and teaches high school math at an area homeschool co-op. She is moved by a passion for making education interesting and fun, and stimulating curiosity in creative ways through use of theatre arts, field trips and other resources that bring learning to life. She and her husband Tom, and three daughters, reside in Timonium.
Bethany received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Towson University in 2001. She taught 3rd grade in a Baltimore County Public School for 3 years, followed by 3 years teaching 1st grade at Cambridge School. In 2007, Bethany had her first child and made the decision to be a stay-at-home mom. She is currently at home with her 3 children. Bethany volunteers in her children's classrooms and is an Orton-Gillingham reading tutor. She is also a Program Coordinator for a women's ministry at her church.
Jeff has several years of experience assisting public and privately-held compnaies in the areas of accounting and auditing and has serviced organizations from family owned organizations to publically traded corporations. He currently works at Ross Buehler Falk & Co, LLP and holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Elizabethtown College. Prior to joining Ross Buehler Falk & Company, LLP, Jeffrey held an auditing position with a "Big 4" accounting firm where he specialized in A-133 and other not-for-profit related auditing clients, including private organizations, school districts, as well as universities. Jeffrey is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
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